The fourth generation iPad and the iPad mini both have impressive cameras. While it can look a bit funny taking a photo with an iPad, it’s well worth the trouble to capture a memorable moment when you don’t have another device handy. Whether you want to edit photos or take them, make sure to take a look at this list of handy photo apps that will turn any photos from meh to amazing.
Even if you don’t use your iPad for taking photos, it’s a great companion to a point and shoot camera or a DSLR, because you can use an accessory like Apple’s Camera Connection Kit to download photos directly onto the tablet. Without further ado, here is a great list of apps.
Photogene for iPad ($2.99) – Photogene has been available for years, which has allowed the developer time to refine the app. You can use this app for photos taken with your iDevice or photos taken with a traditional camera, thanks to its huge selection of photo editing tools, its quick and responsive interface, and simple picture touch ups. It supports both large images and RAW files, and it’s guaranteed to make your photos look fantastic.
Snapseed (Free) – Snapseed used to be a paid photo app, but after it was purchased by Google it went free. It still has all of the amazing tools that it had before, making it well worth the download. Snapseed was voted the number one app of 2011, due to its impressive photo editing features and fantastic filters like Drama, Vintage, and Grunge. Snapseed’s auto enhance tools are also some of the best that you’ll find in the App Store.
PhotoSync ($1.99) – PhotoSync is an app that allows you to wirelessly transfer your photos and videos to and from your computer and other iDevices with no effort at all. This is a great solution if you want to use your iPad for photo editing, but your computer for photo storage. It’s a simple solution that even allows you to import photos from other Mac programs like Aperture and iPhoto, which is quite handy to keep your photos synced on all of your electronics.
PhotoToaster ($1.99) – PhotoToaster is one of my favorite photo editing apps because it provides users with three different ways to alter their photos. You can use PhotoToaster for everything from simple lighting adjustments to color corrections and other elaborate effects. There are a bunch of preset filters, along with full manual adjustments so you can tweak your photos as much or as little as you like. This app is also ultra speedy, making it great for quick adjustments.
Over HD ($1.99) – Over HD is an app that allows you to add text overlays to your photos. You can use it to create inspirational, informative, or funny images to share with your friends and family. It takes just a few seconds to add captions, quotes, poems, and jokes to your photos, and then you can share them using social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. We recently reviewed this app, so you can check out the review for more information.
Halftone ($0.99) – Halftone is a fun app that turns your photos into unique, vintage comics that your friends and family are sure to love. This is no ordinary photo filter app – with Halftone, you can change paper styles, add captions and speech balloons, change fonts, add graphic stamps, and more. There are a few comic-style photo apps in the App Store, but Halftone is the best of the bunch. You can send your comic photos to several different social networks, and even print and send them as real postcards in the mail.